As a postgraduate student you can access the same support as undergraduates, including our:
- 15 minute drop-in service
- 20 or 45 minute guidance appointments
- workshops for research students
- general workshops suitable for all students and graduates
- careers fairs and events
- support in your faculty
Your experience of research as a PhD student may have increased your interest in pursuing a career in academia, and you may be keen to apply for a research or lecturing post in a UK or overseas university. Alternatively, you could be considering a career outside of the academic environment, and a large number of PhD students work in industry, commerce and the not for profit sector.
In order to compete effectively for your chosen career, it is important to take stock of your skills, qualities and work experience and assess how these match up with employers’ recruitment requirements. You can then put a plan of action together to help you to work towards you carer goals.
If you wish to meet with a Career Development Adviser to discuss any aspect of your career plans please see the links above for information about how to book an appointment. There is also information available above on our Drop In Service.
We provide a range of workshops designed specifically for research students, covering issues such as:
- Planning a career in academia
- Exploring wider career options outside teaching and research at universities
- Making effective job application, including creating effective CVs
- Preparing for selection interviews
The full list of workshops is provided at the start of each semester.
In addition, research students can attend any of the workshops in our general workshops programme, covering such subjects such as using Social Media For Job seeking, Assessment Centres and many others.
- www.jobs.ac.uk – Jobs in teaching and research in universities and other establishments. Their careers section has useful advice for postgraduates.
- Prospects features lots of advice for PhD students, including options for Phd students outside of academia.
- www.FindAPostDoc.com – post doctoral opportunities worldwide.
- www.vitae.ac.uk – a wide ranging careers resource for researchers, including careers case studies, survey based information about what PhD students do, information about CVs, applications and interviews. Register with your University of Bradford email address to access the full range of careers information.
- www.beyondthephd.co.uk – Archive Website - Career Resource for Arts and Humanities PhD Researchers.
- www.researchgate.net - A social networking site for researchers to connect and collaborate.
- www.timeshighereducation.co.uk - contains academic job listings.
- www.all-acad.com - jobs from academics from the UK and across the world.
- EURAXESS - aids researchers in their career development, supporting mobility and acting as a support mechanism for researchers moving abroad or moving to the UK.
Exploring your career options
What do researchers do?
The Vitae website for postgraduate researchers has a large section on careers topics covering a very wide range of possible career areas. This section includes a survey of the career destinations of researchers 6 months after completing their studies and a longitudinal survey showing career destinations 3-4 years after gaining a PhD. There are also 150 Career Stories of PhD students who are successfully established in a wide range of different careers some related and others unrelated to their specialist academic research interests.
Explore types of jobs
This section of the Prospects website includes a large database with details of graduate-level jobs. These include information on: the content of the job: entry requirements; training salary and conditions, typical employers and sources of vacancies
Working Outside Academia
This careers advice section of the jobs.ac.uk website contains a wide range of articles about options for PhD students outside academia, such as Moving from Academia to the Private Sector, PhD to a Career in Finance, Using Research Skills Outside Academia and Careers in Medical Research Charities.
An academic career
This site developed by the University of Manchester provides information on: working in lecturing/research; different career paths within academia; job-seeking strategies and the recruitment and selection process.
Beyond the PhD
This website is aimed primarily at researchers in the arts and humanities but some of the profiles of doctoral graduates will be useful to researchers from other disciplines as well.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships exist to link graduates with specialised expertise to businesses who can benefit from that knowledge- these are often targeted at Masters and PhD students.